Sten­son pes­simistic about re­tain­ing Bri­tish Open ti­tle

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Hen­rik Sten­son is pes­simistic about his chances of suc­cess­fully de­fend­ing the Bri­tish Open ti­tle at Royal Birk­dale next week. The Swedish golfer shot his best round of the week at the Scot­tish Open yes­ter­day - a 4-un­der 68 for a score of 4 un­der over­all - but it still wasn’t enough to raise his hopes of lift­ing the claret jug again. “I know I’m not re­ally where I want to be in my game and maybe noth­ing else, ei­ther,” Sten­son said, “but I’ll try to en­joy.” Sten­son hasn’t won a ti­tle since shoot­ing a fi­nal-round 63 at Royal Troon to win his first ma­jor. He said his ball-strik­ing hasn’t been good for the last 18 months, apart from dur­ing a two-month stretch in the sum­mer of 2016 when he won the BMW In­ter­na­tional Open in Ger­many fol­lowed by the Open Cham­pi­onship three weeks later. “The long game hasn’t been in good shape for a long time and you can’t re­ally work when you’re try­ing to per­form,” Sten­son said. “It’s al­ways that bat­tle and I don’t feel I have enough game to play the way I want to, and as soon as you go into prac­tice mode you are los­ing the pos­si­bil­ity to play your best. It’s a tricky one.” Sten­son said he would be head­ing to Birk­dale, in the north­west of Eng­land, yes­ter­day evening. — AP

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